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It wasn’t until the seventh start of Billy Creek’s career that Ian Gilders thought he might have a special dog in hand. Gilders bred Billy Creek himself, and while the pup was lazy about things, the trainer had thought there was something about him growing up. “He just looked like that,” said Gilders. “I’ve seen photos of the top dog and he looked a lot like them, so I thought it might be a little bit there.” It didn’t show up on the track straight away and Billy Creek was easily beaten in his first attempts. When it was time for Billy Creek to be competitive for the first time, Gilders made the journey from his home in the small town of Beryl outside of Gulgong to his home track at Dawson Park in Dubbo. ALSO READ: – Stars Meet At Dawson Park For Riches The First Country Classic – Hancock Takes A Hard Yard Approach To Preparing Young Rams – The Strength Of The Outlaws Proves Their Doom In The Collapse Of Regional Bash Billy Creek Had Its First Four Starts there and during two wins and two placings were impressive, it wasn’t until three consecutive starts at Bathurst in June that Gilders realized what his pursuer was capable of. “He won there and then he was fifth and I thought it was his run by then, but he just found trouble,” said Gilders. “His next start was over 520m and he ran exceptionally well and we thought we had something.” There have been many more good times since then and on Saturday night Gilders and Billy Creek will be on their way to achieve the biggest wins of their careers in the lucrative TAB Phoenix (525 m). One of the richest races in the country, the Phoenix is ​​held at The Meadows in Melbourne and offers the winner $ 750,000. The event is somewhat similar to Everest horse racing, where dogs compete for eight places in the race. Billy Creek secured the NSW Greyhound Breeders Owners and Trainers Association (GBOTA) slot by shocking his rivals in the Flight to the Phoenix Series at Wentworth Park last month. He’ll be traveling to Melbourne later this week for the event, and while it will be the chance of a lifetime, Gilders doesn’t think much about the prospect of a fairytale victory. “You don’t think that far,” he laughed. “That only happens in the film. It doesn’t happen in real life. â€But it would be really nice to know that you did the work with other people’s help from start to finish. “That would be really phenomenal.” In order to save Gilders and especially Billy Creek a lot of travel, the dog was stationed with Robbie Britton in Melbourne in the run-up to the weekend. While it was best for the dog, it also gave Gilders some peace of mind, as many of Billy Creeks’ lazy traits are still there. “He’s a different dog,” said Gilders. “He’s the laziest thing you’ve ever seen. I can’t get him to run after the bike and he won’t chase it. â€I don’t want to, so I have to run him three kilometers to keep him fit. “He was always the same, even as a puppy. They let her out of the smaller yard and he ran to his covers and lay down to watch the others run around. “Billy Creek was a $ 41 outside chance for the Phoenix on Tuesday, but his prospects were at the weekend boxing draw increased when he landed in the first box. Gilders’ hope now starts right in Jungle Deuce, another western star. Trained at Forbes by Champion Ray Smith, Jungle Deuce secured Greyhound Racing NSW spot in the race after being declared People’s Champion after a week-long vote. Jungle Deuce has 18 wins and nine placements in 33 starts, while Billy Creek has 10 and nine in 22 races, respectively. Gilders had never won in Sydney before taking the flight to the Phoenix Finals, but he knows he and Smith will hoist the flag for everyone in the western area in Saturday’s final. “I think that will make it a hell of a lot stronger too,” said Gilders. “Especially if we could get the placements. I think it would give this area a big boost.” The TAB Phoenix jumps on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. Our journalists work hard to bring local, breaking news to the community. Here’s how you can still access our trusted content:




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